Preservation Month Events

The Wheaton Historic Commission organizes events celebrating Wheaton's history during Preservation Month in May.

2023 EVENTS

Home History Research at Wheaton Public Library 

Dates: Monday, May 8, 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, May 13, 1-4 p.m.
Location: Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St., 2nd Floor, Genealogy Area
Reservations: Call 630-868-7523 or email askref@wheatonlibrary.org
Learn how to research the history of your home with one-on-one instruction. Monday, May 8, and Saturday, May 13. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations for appointments are being taken at 630-868-7523 or askref@wheatonlibrary.org

Wheaton's First Mastodon: The Jayne Discovery

Date: Tuesday, May 9
Time: 7 p.m.
Location:
 Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St., Basement conference room
Join local history experts Brian and Joyce Ostberg of BeHistoric to learn about the Mastodon discovered in Wheaton in 1869 and its fascinating tie to the Great Chicago Fire. Discovered almost 100 years before the Perry Mastodon, the Jayne discovery captivated regional attention and newspapers for several weeks, its compelling story illuminating little-known facts regarding early Wheaton. The event is free and open to the public but reservations are highly recommended.

Historic Property

Preservation Week Signs  

Dates: Friday, May 12 - Sunday, May 21
Locations: Historic sites throughout Wheaton

Signs indicating Wheaton homes on the historic register will have a new look. Instead of the past slogan, Pride in Preservation, this year signs placed in the front yard of properties on the Wheaton Register of Historic Properties will say "Historic Wheaton Property." The signs will be displayed from Friday, May 12 until Sunday, May 21. 

You can learn more about these sites by visiting the new interactive Wheaton Historic Register Map. The map provides images of the sites plus information such as the date built, prominent citizens of the past who lived in the home, and the architectural style.